Hernandez 'frustrated' with difficult Real Madrid loan

Manchester United's Mexican forward has struggled for playing time on loan at Real Madrid this season.

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has revealed how difficult his last two seasons have been, telling Fox Sports that he 'needs to have people that believe' in him.

Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, the Mexican has struggled to find regular playing time at Old Trafford, resulting in Real Madrid signing the 26-year-old on loan this season.

But that has been a testing time in its own right for Hernandez, as he has registered just 590 minutes across 20 appearances for the La Liga giants. The attacker has a reputation as a goal-scoring substitute during his time in the Premier League, but the fact that Hernandez has only once featured for more than 26 minutes in the Spanish league indicates just how much of a back up he actually is to Real's expensively assembled forward line.  

Despite the troubles of his club form, Hernandez remains a dangerous player for the national side, and netted his 39th goal in just 71 games as the 2011 Gold Cup winners beat Ecuador 1-0 in Los Angeles last week.

"My situation is frustrating," admitted the Mexico international after the match. "I participate, give my all in training, but as far as for playing in matches, the opportunities are minimal. I belong to a team, but am not part of the important bit, the actual games.

"Sometimes my confidence is right down on the ground, even though I am trying for it to be up there, with the help of the people who are always at my side and who support me."

Hernandez went on to touch on his 2013-14 season at United, where he again saw himself fourth choice during David Moyes' ill-fated reign at the club. With his strong goalscoring record, the former Guadalajara star felt he had proved he was worthy of the trust and opportunities that have sadly not gone his way.

“The most important thing is to get chances, and to feel that they believe in you," he added. "Whenever they have entrusted me to do something it comes out positively, but I've been through two rather frustrating years.

"There needs to be people who believe in me, at least so I can prove if I am any good or not."

Whether he'll get that belief next season under Louis van Gaal, or elsewhere in the footballing world, Hernandez will have to wait and see.

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